Hypnosis is a natural occurrence that happens all the time. While some may believe it is some supernatural happening, it’s not. If you’ve seen stage shows where the participants appear to fall asleep by a command or even the snap of a finger, they don’t. We experience hypnosis all the time. For example, have you ever driven on the freeway and missed an exit or didn’t know how you got from point A to point B? That’s a form of environmental hypnosis.
The thing about hypnosis is that the person should have some level of awareness to follow the suggestions of the hypnotist or hypnotherapist. When you’re asleep, you can’t be hypnotized. You’re simply asleep and below the level of awareness needed to have suggestions go in.
It’s the same with self-hypnosis. In fact, you have two things to do when doing self-hypnosis. You have put yourself into a deep and relaxed state of awareness and make the suggestions. Being able to get into a state of relaxed awareness can be done in a number of ways. The easiest way is to simply close your eyes and do a progressive relaxation from your head to your toes.
Before you even start the process of self-hypnosis, you should think about what you want to accomplish and then create a plan to get it. From that, develop suggestions that work for you. When doing this, make sure that you have suggestions that are positive in nature. That means of what you want, not what you don’t want. You see, our minds will develop images based on your suggestions.
If I were to say to you, “Don’t think of a pink elephant”, what image comes into your mind? It’s probably a pink elephant, right? It is also the same with areas of your life that you don’t want. So, make sure you have the right suggestions that you want to move towards. You may want to bring in examples of what your suggestions would be like. One would be a particular day of your life if you had what you want.
In health and fitness, that would be seeing what your life would be like when you are healthy and fit. What would you be doing if you were? You may want to add how you would be thinking about food and nutrition as well as physical activity.
A professional hypnotherapist or psychologist (trained in hypnosis) can help guide you through the hypnotic process and give suggestions. This way you can let them take care of giving you suggestions that will help you get fit as well as healthy. With an effective hypnotherapist, you’ll come out with a different attitude towards health.
Once you have a suggestion in place, take immediate action on it. That means to get out and start exercising and have a healthy diet. Part of a good plan in using hypnosis is to have a plan. Along with the hypnosis, consistent action helps to establish a habit of health and fitness. Just like the Nike slogan, “Just Do It!”
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Bob Choat works as a Peak Performance Coach & Trainer and is focused on people in every industry reach a higher level in their lives.